All posts tagged "nature"

  • Our Patch: A Frog Chorus

    There have been subtle changes all around us over the last few weeks. As the days perceptibly become longer, I have noticed the loud churring of blue tits, and fat bumblebees are emerging and are slowly flying...

    • Posted March 11, 2014
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  • Our Patch: Let It Snow

    There are some very excited little people in our house. The forecast keeps threatening snow, and every morning before we can breakfast, the curtains have to be opened to see if there are blankets of white powder...

    • Posted February 11, 2014
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  • Our Patch: Results – of a Sort

    Well, after buying extra mealworms, putting food in every conceivable bird-friendly location, and encouraging just about everybody I know to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, it was with great trepidation we sat in the...

    • Posted January 28, 2014
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  • Our Patch: Homebirds

    In preparation for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, the children and I have been looking at the feeders and garden in general to see what is about. There is something just so endearing watching three...

    • Posted January 21, 2014
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  • Our Patch: Feed the Birds

    Winter can be a fantastic time to encounter wildlife at close quarters by inviting it into our gardens. The hard ground makes it difficult for birds such as blackbirds and starlings to probe the soil for worms...

    • Posted January 14, 2014
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  • Our Patch: Red Sky at Night…

    I can’t decide whether or not our proximity to industry is what causes these recent “Flash Gordon” sunrises and sunsets, but they are glorious! Prescot Online has been inundated with beautiful examples of these streaked red skies...

    • Posted December 10, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Tips for Identifying Wildlife

    Alas, as winter approaches, the weather has been fairly grim over the last week, and apart from a few hours of early morning sunshine, my walks have had a resoundingly soggy edge to them. The few chances...

    • Posted November 19, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Unexpected Discoveries

    I used to have a horrible job working as a motor claims handler in a call centre. There were few redeeming aspects to it, but I do recall a conversation with a lady asking if I worked...

    • Posted November 12, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Migration Musings

    Autumn is a fantastic time to see large flocks, or murmurations, of Starlings. Often overlooked, these squabbly, gregarious birds actually have beautiful plumage – star-spangled and iridescent. When I first became interested in wildlife some 30+ years...

    • Posted November 6, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Half-Term Shenanigans

    Whilst walking in Stadt Moers Park over half term, we were amazed at the changes there. Much of the scrubby bracken and nettles have been cut back, and at the moment it looks a little barren. There...

    • Posted October 29, 2013
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